South Jersey Baker Wins Food Network’s Halloween Wars

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A witch and warlock playing video games, a selfie from hell and evil bakers in a mausoleum. No, these aren’t the latest horror films – they’re the masterpieces that South Jersey baker extraordinaire Al DiBartolo and his Sugar Psychos created to win Food Network’s Halloween Wars.

Al DiBartolo sugar psychos

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DiBartolo, of Collingswood’s DiBartolo Bakery, teamed up with pumpkin carver James Hall and executive pastry chef Santosh Tiptur for the Halloween-themed cooking competition. Each episode included two challenges, with one team being eliminated each week. The boys survived five rounds of spooky creations made of cake, sugar and pumpkin.

The Sugar Psychos clinched the $50,000 grand prize on Sunday night with their version of a demonic wedding: A knife-wielding bride and a bloody werewolf looming over a dismembered minister. During the show, judges complimented the team on their tense scenes, vivid characters and skill with details.

“This has definitely been the most rewarding feeling I’ve ever felt in my life,” DiBartolo said after the win.

Halloween Wars isn’t the first appearance on reality TV for the Collingswood-based baker, though. He has competed on TLC’s Next Great Baker, and DiBartolo Bakery was also featured on Food Network’s Save my Bakery.

DiBartolo will continue forming his spookily delicious masterpieces from DiBartolo Bakery, which is a multiple Best of SJ winner.



Here are some highlights from DiBartolo’s time on the show:




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